Uber driver streamed hidden camera videos on Twitch


"The troubling behavior in the videos is not in line with our Community Guidelines", a company statement said.

On Sunday, however, as news of Gargac's scheme circulated around the internet, his actions were repeatedly summarized in one word: creepy.

Lawyer Areva Martin said in the state of Missouri as long as one party, in this case the Uber driver, gives consent to the recording it's not deemed illegal. He does not need their consent to film them.

Uber has been under intense scrutiny over incidents of misbehaviour by drivers.

Lyft has "deactivated" Gargac as a driver, according to the newspaper.

Twitch did not comment on this specific case but, according to ABC News America, said it does not allow people to share content that invades others privicay.

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The driver, who goes by the name JustSmurf on Twitch, had set up a camera on his dashboard that allowed viewers to see the faces of his passengers as they jumped into his purple-illuminated backseat.

The ride-hailing companies disclaim liability for drivers actions in their terms of service, and riders waive their rights to sue when using the services, Stewart said.

Gargac, 32, who was driving for the services while seeking to get a job as a police officer, said he initially installed the pair of cameras and wireless connectivity for streaming live as a way to protect himself while driving. But, of course, that all changed following the publication of the Post-Dispatch's investigation. However, Gargac told the Post-Dispatch that one of the key differences in his streams compared to those already on the service is that he didn't ask his passengers for permission, believing it resulted in a "fake" experience.

"The livestream and the Twitch and all that is really more secondary than the security that I feel knowing if something happens, immediately there can be a response versus hopefully you'll find my truck in a ditch three weeks later", he said. Other times, they posted insulting and sexual comments. Sometimes passengers' homes and names were revealed. But the nature of his recordings and the discussions around them that took place on Twitch has drawn criticism.

A few passengers who complained to Uber after learning about the recording were given a $5 credit and told it would make sure they would not be assigned Gargac as a driver again. "Driver partners are responsible for complying with the law when providing trips, including privacy laws", an Uber spokesman told the Post-Dispatch in early July. "You know, the internet is a insane place".